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Show Me the Money!
If you want to see some real change, just dangle a monetary reward in front of the person. That’s what worked to get hospital healthcare costs lowered in one study.
Arizona State University researchers set up a five-year study where they compared hospitals that implemented a “gainsharing” program versus those that didn’t. The gainsharing program offered doctors money in reward for finding ways to reduce hospital spending without compromising quality or patients’ access to care. The hospitals that used the gainsharing program approach lowered hospital costs by about $315 per patient.
That means the same quality for you in treatment for your health diagnosis, with less damage to your health insurance bill.
Do you think this is a good idea? What are some other ways hospitals could cut costs without negative effects to patient care? [HealthDay]